George A. Malcolm papers: 1896-1965
Summary Information
Title: George A. Malcolm papers
Creator: Malcolm, George A. (George Arthur), 1881-1961
Dates: 1896-1965
Extent: 11 linear feet, 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Justice on the Philippine Supreme Court, founder of the Law School of the University of the Philippines, and attorney general of Puerto Rico. Correspondence, scrapbooks, printed reports, articles, and legal opinions, diplomas, citations, memorabilia, manuscript of book, 1956, entitled, "Sunset of Colonialism: memoirs of an American Colonial Careerist": decisions, 1909-1939, made while a jurist in the Philippines; copies of addresses and legal articles; and photographs.
Call number: 851764 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff, 1962-1966

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was received from the Malcolm family (donor no. 3955), 1962-1966.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, George A. Malcolm papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

George Arthur Malcolm was born November 5, 1881 in Concord, Michigan. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Michigan in 1906, then worked his way to the Philippines where he found employment as a temporary clerk in the Bureau of Health. In 1907, he transferred to the Executive Bureau as a clerk, then in 1908 again transferred to the Bureau of Justice as a law clerk. Here he was promoted to assistant attorney, and then assistant attorney general. In 1912, he came to the University of the Philippines where he founded and became dean of the College of Law. In 1917, he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He remained on the court as associate justice and presiding justice until the inauguration of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1935. In January 1936, he was appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to be assistant legal adviser to United States High Commissioner Frank Murphy and later to Murphy's successor Paul V. McNutt. In September 1939, Roosevelt appointed Malcolm to be Attorney General of Puerto Rico. He took office in 1940 and served until 1942. For the remainder of his life, Malcolm would author several books, travel widely, and become a ready speaker before various groups. He died in May 16, 1961.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Malcolm papers have been arranged into the following series: Personal and biographical; Scrapbooks; Philippine Supreme Court; Assistant Legal Adviser to United States High Commissioner; Puerto Rico Attorney General; Occasional addresses and articles: Historical topics, Philippines; Sound recordings; Visual Material; and Realia.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Judges -- Philippines.
  • Law.
  • Lawyers -- Philippines.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • Puerto Rico.
  • Sunset of colonialism.
  • Capitols -- Michigan -- Lansing.
  • Colonists.
  • Judges -- Philippines.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1946-1986.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • University of the Philippines.
  • Aguinaldo, Emilio, 1869-1964.
  • Ann Arbor High School (Mich.)
  • Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
  • Malcolm, George A. (George Arthur), 1881-1961.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • University of the Philippines.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Personal and biographical [series]
Box   1  
Biographical materials circa 1961
Box   1  
Manuscript of "Sunset of Colonialism" 1956

(draft of Malcolm's published memoirs American Colonial Careerist)

Box   1  
Correspondence 1896-1961 (10 folders)
 
Letters addressed to Mrs. Malcolm
Box   1  
Letters of condolence (2 folders)
Box   1  
May-December 1961
Box   1  
1962-1965
Box   1  
Correspondence Undated
Box   1  
Miscellanea
Oversize Folder   1  
Diplomas and citations (1 oversize folder)
Box   2  
Clippings

(unprocessed in box)

 
Scrapbooks [series]
Box   2  
1882-1906

(vol. no. 1)

Box   2  
1906-1917

(vol. no. 2)

Box   2  
1909-1917

(vol. no. 3)

Box   3  
1926-1935

(vol. no. 4)

Box   3  
1935-1939

(vol. no. 5)

Box   3  
1939-1943

(vol. no. 6)

Box   3  
1941-1942

(vol. no. 7-A)

Box   3  
1942-1944

(vol. no. 7-B)

Box   4  
1939-1940

(in Spanish; vol. no. 8)

Box   4  
1940

(in Spanish; vol. no. 99)

Box   4  
1940-1941, 1952 (Spanish) 1940-1952

(in Spanish; vol. no. 10)

Box   4  
1943-1945

(vol. no. 11)

Box   4  
1949-1953

(vol. no. 12)

Box   4  
1949-1951

(vol. no. 13-A)

Box   4  
1955

(vol. no. 13-B)

Box   4  
1960-1961

(vol. no. 14)

Box   4  
Containing book reviews 1949-1952

(vol. no. 15)

Box   4  
Containing book reviews 1957-1958

(vol. no. 16)

 
Philippine Supreme Court [series]

(microfilm copy available)

 
Opinions
Box   5  
1909
Box   5  
1910
Box   5  
1911-1912
Box   5  
1913
 
Decisions
Box   5  
1917-1918
Box   5  
1918-1919
Box   6  
1919-1920
Box   6  
1920-1921
Box   6  
1921-1922
Box   6  
1922-1923
Box   6  
1923-1924
Box   7  
1924-1925
Box   7  
1925-1926
Box   7  
1926-1927
Box   7  
1927-1928
Box   7  
1928-1929
Box   8  
1929-1930
Box   8  
1930-1931
Box   8  
1931-1932
Box   8  
1933-1934
Box   9  
1934-1935
Box   9  
Decisions and addresses 1935-1936
Box   9  
Miscellaneous articles, addresses, etc.
 
Assistant Legal Adviser to United States High Commissioner [series]
Box   9  
Opinions and addresses January 1936-November 1939
 
Puerto Rico Attorney General [series]
Box   10  
Opinions of the Attorney General 1938-1942 (2 volumes)
Box   10  
Reports of the Attorney General, Congressional hearings and reports, and miscellaneous printed (2 folders)
 
Occasional addresses and articles: Historical topics, Philippines [series]
Box   10  
circa 1901-1914 (1 volume)
Box   10  
circa 1917-1923 (1 volume)
Box   10  
circa 1923-1929 (1 volume)
Box   10  
Miscellaneous
 
Sound recordings [series] (reel-to-reel tapes)
Box   11  
Speech at the College of Law, University of the Philippines December 3, 1960
Box   11  
Memorial service for Malcolm July 14, 1961
Box   11  
Dedication ceremonies of Malcolm Hall, University of the Philippines November 27, 1962
 
Visual Material [series]
 
Photographs
Box   11  
Portraits and informal photographs of GAM (also photographs of GAM portrait)
Box   11  
Family photographs; include photographs of GAM's mother in the Philippines circa 1910
Box   11  
Ann Arbor High School class picture; University of Michigan law school and alumni activities
Box   11  
GAM in the Michigan State Capitol building, ca. 1900.
Box   11  
GAM trip to Egypt, Germany, and France
Box   11  
GAM and Lucille Malcolm
Box   11  
Lucille Malcolm (alone and with various dignitaries)
Box   11  
GAM with Felix Frankfurter
Box   11  
Inauguration of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

(also photographs of GAM with Frank Murphy)

Box   11  
Philippine Supreme Court
Box   11  
University of the Philippines: faculty, students, etc.
Box   11  
Dinners, awards, groups (4 folders)
Box   11  
Malcolm Square Memorial
Box   11  
Autographed photographs of various dignitaries
Box   11  
Manuel Roxas photographs
Box   11  
William H. Taft photographs
Box   11  
Postcards
Box   11  
Motion picture: Presentation of microfilm to National Library of the Philippines 1970 (16 mm; b&w, silent, ca. 2 min.)
 
Realia [series]
Box   11  
Items presented to Malcolm for his work in the Philippines and Puerto Rico

(include medals, ribbons, salt and pepper shaker set)